SSC Napoli’s Argentina international midfielder JOSE ERNESTO SOSA (left), a purchase of 2.7 million English pounds from German champion Bayern Munich this past August, tangles with Romania international defender MIHALI NESU of FC Utrecht at the Stadio San Paulo in Italy. (Getty Images)
UEFA Europa League
0 – SSC Napoli (ITA)
0 – FC Utrecht (HOL)
In an affair that was surprising even, visiting Dutch club FC UTRECHT can be satisfied having earned a 0-0 draw with Serie A side SSC NAPOLI and a point in Group K of the UEFA Europa League.
Both Holland World Cup reserve goalkeeper MICHEL VORM of FC Utrecht and 33-year-old Italy international shot-stopper MORGAN DE SANCTIS, starting his second campaign as Napoli’s first choice after two seasons abroad with FC Sevilla in Spain and Turkish side SK Galatasaray Istanbul, showed themselves to be in good form betwen the sticks.
“If you had previously stated we would leave here (Italy) with a point, we would have loved it,” stated FC Utrecht coach TON DU CHATINIER after the match.
28-year-old Dutch striker FRANK DEMOGUE, a transfer deadline arrival from Willem II Tilburg, made his debut for FC Utrecht in the match with SSC Napoli, who won the old UEFA Cup back during the 1988-89 campaign with Argentina international superstar DIEGO MARADONA on board.
SSC NAPOLI : De Sanctis ; Dossena (Maggio 76′), Cannavaro, Santacroce, Zuniga ; Aronica, Gargano, Sosa (Hamsik 56′), Yebda (Lucarelli 69′) ; Cavani, Lavezzi
FC UTRECHT : Vorm ; Cornelisse, Schut, Wuytens, Nesu ; Duplan (Maguire 83′), Silberbauer, Lensky, Mertens (Danso 89′) ; van Wolfswinkel, Demouge